Analog Man ARDX20 Dual Analog Delay

April 1, 2010

gp0410_gear8456Sporting two separate footswitchable analog delays, each with its own set of Time, Feedback, and Level controls, the ARDX20 Dual Analog Delay ($265 retail/street price N/A) basically jams two of Analog Man’s über-popular—and discontinued—AR20DL delays into one box. That’s not the whole story, however, as the ARDX20, which contains 600ms of maximum delay time, also sports an effects loop that is activated when the delay is kicked on and only effects the delayed sound. This is a super-cool feature, as it’s the perfect place in the signal chain for modulation effects, or even a volume pedal. Another reason for control freaks to rejoice is the addition of an expression-pedal jack, which can be used to control the delay time on one of the pedal’s channels. Super hip for sure, but upgrades don’t mean squat if the delays don’t sound good, right? Never fear, because the ARDX20 offers killer sounding analog delays for days. I set one side for a short, natural-sounding slapback, and the other for a long, swirling repeat, and bathed in the glory that only warm analog delay trails can give you. Red and Orange LEDs tell you which channel is active, while two LEDs near the footswitch flash the delay time. The beauty of the ARDX20 is that even without the fancy new additions, it’s a stunning dual-channel delay pedal. Well worthy of an Editors’ Pick Award.

—Darrin Fox


KUDOS An amazing sounding delay with awesome real-time control possibilities.

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